My First Finish of 2014

I made the 6″ churndash blocks last year, intending them for a different project. The colors didn’t work, and they looked too fussy, so I set them aside. Last week I thought to set them in a strip quilt. Its finished size is about 51×40″, a lap quilt.

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16 thoughts on “My First Finish of 2014

  1. Beverly

    I love this! I’ve been wanting to start another ‘small’ block project and churn dash was one I was considering. Great looking quilt!

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    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      There are several names for this block. But “churndash” is the one I learned first, so that is how I think of it. Other people may call it a “monkey wrench” or a “hole in the barn door” or “Grecian cross.”

      Thanks for stopping.

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    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      Thanks! It sure made it quick that way! πŸ™‚ Yes, now you’d think I made them with this plan in mind. But in fact until shortly before I started, there was no plan at all. I did need to audition a whole TWO fabrics for the setting fabrics. I tried an aqua one, and it was a pretty color but the print was too busy. But the lilac works well, too, I think. And then the purple framing strips finish it.

      Thanks again.

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    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      I think it can be very neutral, yes. I never thought of myself as a “purple person” but in fact I’ve made several quilts that star purple.

      The other color I tried for setting triangles was aqua. It would have worked for color, too, but the piece I had was too busy and competed with the blocks.

      Thanks for taking a look.

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  2. shoreacres

    Congrats on your “first finish”. Sometimes, that even beats finishing first!

    I laughed when I saw that an alternate name for churndash is Grecian Cross. When I looked at the quilt, I unaccountably thought about Grecian vases, and that reminded me of “The Music Man”. Remember the ladies and their fabulous tableaux of “Grecian Urns”?

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  3. threadcrazy

    Churndash is a favorite of mine also…love theorchid purple. Plus. orchid is the “in” color for this year so you’re right in style! Nice.

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